I was reading a section of Stan Toler’s book, “The Power of Your Brain.” When I took a break I had the thought, why not look for an interesting royalty free picture which might spark a thought for your next blog article. Immediately the accompanying picture popped up on my screen and the title for this blog came as quickly to my mind. It fit perfectly with what Stan was speaking about on the impact of media in all its forms upon our life and why we engage our time and life with it.
When I saw the picture attached to this blog I immediately thought of Jonah from the Bible who when tasked by God, chose to runaway in the opposite direction. The questions connected to the graphic certainly applied to Jonah. But they also applied to our lives as well. How often do we find ourselves, looking for distractions, even subconsciously, because we do not want to follow through, or engage in some aspect of our life. In such times we are simply running away from what we ought to do. As with the girl in our picture and with Jonah, the choice to run away is not necessarily the easiest option and we may find we isolate ourselves in the process. Jonah ended up in the belly of a fish. It doesn’t get much more isolated than that.
Stan Toler suggests some reasons why individuals will become highly engaged in media. There are good reasons, but today I want to share those reasons which he lists in the more negative, unhealthy club. Why, because it would be good for us to identify these motivating influences if they show up in our life and then change them. Below is Stan’s list for your consideration:
-To kill time so I don’t have to engage with the world;
-To drown out the silence;
-To get a buzz or to experience a vicarious thrill;
-To avoid doing something I really need to do;
-To experience intimacy with people on TV rather than developing real relationships.
In the process of running from whatever you may need to face, ask yourself the question, “Where will this direction take me, where am I heading?”